september, 2021

26sep2:30 pm3:30 pmFeaturedMedicinal Arts: Poetry of the BodyTherese Estacion, Tenille K. Campbell, Carol Harvey Steski, Moderator: Brandon Wint2:30 pm - 3:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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Speakers for this event

  • Brandon Wint

    Brandon Wint


    Brandon Wint is an Ontario-born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after touring performer, and has presented his work in the United States, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Jamaica. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal (Write Bloody North, 2020) is his debut book of poetry.


  • Carol Harvey Steski

    Carol Harvey Steski


    Carol Harvey Steski’s debut poetry collection is rump + flank (NeWest Press, 2021). Her poems have appeared in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, CAROUSEL, FreeFall, untethered, Room, Prairie Fire and CV2. She won FreeFall’s 2019 annual poetry contest and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Toronto.



  • Tenille Campbell

    Tenille Campbell


    Tenille K. Campbell is a Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in creative writing at UBC and is currently working on a doctoral degree in English literature at the University of Saskatchewan, studying Indigenous women’s erotica within Canadian literature. Her debut poetry collection, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions), garnered positive attention across the country, hitting the awards lists in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award. Campbell is also the force behind sweetmoon photography, which specializes in photographing Indigenous people throughout Canada, often found hanging with large wedding parties in the north or sitting front row at awards shows, capturing NDN joy in its many forms. Finally, she is the co-creator and a blogger at tea&bannock, an online collective for Indigenous women photographers and artists to share their stories. Cultivating a life celebrating art and laughter, Campbell can always be found in coffee shops with a camera on hand and a story to share. She resides in Saskatoon, SK.


  • Therese Estacion

    Therese Estacion


    Therese Estacion is part of the Visayan diaspora community. She is an elementary school teacher and is studying to be a psychotherapist. Therese is also a bilateral below knee and partial hands amputee, and identifies as a disabled person/person with a disability. Therese lives in Tkaronto. Her poems have been published in CV2 and PANK Magazine, and were shortlisted for the 2021 Marina Nemat Award. Her first collection of poems, Phantompains, was published by Book*Hug in Spring 2021.


Event Details

Medicine can explore what a body does, but art explores how it feels to be in one. How does poetry help organize the confusion of embodiment? How does our relationship to our bodies change when we begin to write about them? When we feel that our bodies are failing us, how can poetry acknowledge—or even repair—that distrust?

Moderated by Brandon Wint, Guest Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, Fall 2021.

Books featured:

Book*hug Press

Therese Estacion survived a rare infection that nearly killed her, but not without losing both her legs below the knees, several fingers, and reproductive organs. Phantompains is a visceral, imaginative collection exploring disability, grief and life by interweaving stark memories with magic surrealism.

Taking inspiration from Filipino horror and folk tales, Estacion incorporates some Visayan language into her work, telling stories of mermen, gnomes and ogres that haunt childhood stories of the Philippines and, then, imaginings in her hospital room, where she spent months after her operations, recovering.

There is a dreamlike quality to these pieces, rivaled by depictions of pain, of amputation, of hysterectomy, of disability, and the realization of catastrophic change.

nedi nezu (Good Medicine)
Arsenal Pulp Press

nedi nezu (Good Medicine) explores the beautiful space that being a sensual Indigenous woman creates – not only as a partner, a fantasy, a heartbreak waiting to happen but also as an auntie, a role model, a voice that connects to others walking the same path. From the online hookup world of DMs, double taps, and secret texts to earth-shakingly erotic encounters under the northern stars to the ever-complicated relationship Indigenous women have with mainstream society, this poetry collection doesn’t shy away from depicting the gorgeous diversity in decolonized desire. Instead, Campbell creates the most intimate of spaces, where the tea is hot and a seat is waiting, surrounded by the tantalizing laughter of aunties telling stories.

rump + flank
NeWest Press

Carol Harvey Steski’s tenacious and unapologetic debut, rump + flank, explores the body in nature’s many incarnations: human, animal, plant, microbe, even chemical. The result is a fantastical poetic work that sheds light on what bodies—especially female ones—endure, probing the full range of experiences from pleasure and hope to deep loss and trauma.

These poems are piercingly humorous, sexy, and peppered with startling absurdities, but are grounded by an undercurrent of nostalgia (and a soupçon of feminist rage): mercury reproduces like funhouse mirrors, oysters are whole notes dropped into eternal song, cancer is a surly character taking and discarding lovers, a domestic chore turns dark as a mother channels her inner Lady Macbeth. Lush imagery melds with organic rhythms to spawn a visceral experience, a tendon-and-muscle-driven engine that readers can feel racing within their own bodies.


Accessible Captioning Sponsor: Book*hug Press

In partnership with Arc Poetry Magazine